Friday, June 20, 2008

Isaiah 43 - My Favorite Verses from The Message

When You're Between a Rock and a Hard Place

But now, God's Message, the God who made you in the first place, Jacob, the One who got you started, Israel:"Don't be afraid, I've redeemed you. I've called your name. You're mine.When you're in over your head, I'll be there with you. When you're in rough waters, you will not go down.When you're between a rock and a hard place, it won't be a dead end—Because I am God, your personal God, The Holy of Israel, your Savior.I paid a huge price for you: all of Egypt, with rich Cush and Seba thrown in!That's how much you mean to me! That's how much I love you!I'd sell off the whole world to get you back, trade the creation just for you.

"So don't be afraid: I'm with you. I'll round up all your scattered children, pull them in from east and west.I'll send orders north and south: 'Send them back.Return my sons from distant lands, my daughters from faraway places.I want them back, every last one who bears my name, every man, woman, and childWhom I created for my glory, yes, personally formed and made each one.'"

Get the blind and deaf out here and ready— the blind (though there's nothing wrong with their eyes) and the deaf (though there's nothing wrong with their ears).Then get the other nations out here and ready. Let's see what they have to say about this, how they account for what's happened.Let them present their expert witnesses and make their case; let them try to convince us what they say is true."But you are my witnesses." God's Decree. "You're my handpicked servant So that you'll come to know and trust me, understand both that I am and who I am.Previous to me there was no such thing as a god, nor will there be after me. I, yes I, am God. I'm the only Savior there is.I spoke, I saved, I told you what existed long before these upstart gods appeared on the scene.And you know it, you're my witnesses, you're the evidence." God's Decree."Yes, I am God. I've always been God and I always will be God. No one can take anything from me. I make; who can unmake it?"


LynnSC said...

Wow!! I can't tell you how timely this is for me. This is awesome. What a great version... I have one somewhere... haven't seen it in a while. I think that I may need to start looking for it.

Thanks so much for sharing this with us.

ocean mommy said...

yep...that's a favorite of mine too. LOVE the way The Message reads in this passage.

Have a great weekend!

Amanda B. said...

Great Post...I love the last verse..."Let's see what they have to say about this, how they account for what's happened." I'd love to hear the news the morning after the Rapture...I'm sure it will be an elaborately schemed report full of lies and "scientific explanations"...not too different from every morning now!!

Mommyluann said...

"I am God and always will be God"...that give me chills.

Thanks for sharing his word in a very easy to read way!

Greg P. said...

That was an excellent choice for this morning. After reading your post I went to my Bible and read all of Is.43. Thank you.

Heather said...

LOVE this and needed to read it tonight- thank you!
Thanks for visiting my blog, too. Come back anytime!

Heidi Zawisza said...

Too funny about FBCW, my brother is Pastor Johnny's son in law!! ha!ha! Pete Hixson!